Nelson's Hornpipe (1)

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X:1 T:Lord Nelson's Hornpipe [1] S:R. Hughes MS, RHu.055, 1823, Whitchurch, Shrops. R:Hornpipe A:Whitchurch, Shropshire Z:Neil Brookes 2006 M:4/4 L:1/8 K:G Bc|dBec BAcA|GFAF G2Bc|dBgf edcB|AcFA GFED|! dBec BAcA|GFAF Ggec|BAcA GFAF|G2G2G2:|! |:Bc|dBgf edcB|edef g2gf|edcB cBAG|F2D2D2GF|! EGAF GBdB|cege dBec|BAcA GFAF|G2G2G2:|



NELSON'S HORNPIPE [1]. AKA and see "Admiral Lord Nelson's Hornpipe," "Lord Nelson's Hornpipe (2)." English, Irish; Hornpipe. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The earliest appearance of the tune in print is in Church of Ireland cleric James Goodman's mid-19th century music manuscripts. Goodman (1828-1896) was an uilleann piper, and an Irish speaker who collected locally in County Cork and elsewhere in Munster. He also obtained tunes from manuscripts and printed collections. O'Neill (1922) remarks: "This tune is a variant of "Cloone Hornpipe" published in O'Neill's Music of Ireland 1903, and O'Neill's Dance Music of Ireland 1907. It was obtained from Sergt. James Early who learned it from his tutor on the Union Pipes 'Old Man' Quinn. Like many other fine tunes it was anonymous, so it was named 'The Cloone Hornpipe' in honor of the famous piper's native town and parish in County Leitrim, Ireland. Its continued popularity is evidenced by its inclusion in a recent Irish Collection under the identical name invented for it by its sponsor, Sergt. James Early of Chicago."

The hornpipe has an English provenance, however, and was first published in London by Thomas Preston in his Twenty-Four Country Dances for the Year 1800. It was entered into the music manuscript collection of fiddler Lawrence Leadley (Yorkshire) as "Nelson's Hornpipe", by R. Hughes (Shropshire) as "Lord Nelson's Hornpipe," and by Thomas Calvert (Yorkshire) as "Admiral Lord Nelson's Hornpipe" in the first half of the 19th century.


Additional notes
Source for notated version : - a MS collection by fiddler Lawrence Leadley, 1827-1897 (Helperby, Yorkshire) [Merryweather & Seattle]; manuscripts in the possession of Chicago Police Sergeant James O'Neill, originally from County Down--many from the playing of his father [O'Neill].

Printed sources : - Rev. Luke Donnellan (Journal of the County Louth Archaeological Society, vol. II, No. 2), 1909; No. 2. O'Neill (Waifs and Strays of Gaelic Melody), 1922; No. 316. Shields/Goodman (Tunes of the Munster Pipers), 1998; No. 122, p. 50. Merryweather & Seattle (The Fiddler of Helperby), 1994; No. 41, p. 39. Edward Riley (Riley's Flute Melodies, vol. 2), New York, 1817; p. 58.






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